John Oliver, the English comedian with the HBO show, ‘Last Week Tonight’, touted in his season finale that 2016 should be a year to forget and for many different reasons I will have to agree. It was a year of international turmoil, political rhetoric, hatred, and an overall sense of insecurity.
For me, 2016 was 12 months of tremendous sadness. It was a year of saying goodbye to 2 people I loved with all my heart—my dad who died in early November, and my dear father-in-law who was also called to final eternity 6 months ago.
For my dad, it was a long 12 months … in and out of the hospital and rehab. Undetected masses on the colon and small bowel were his final calling. We had hoped there was a way to extend his life. But that was not to be. And he knew it… ‘lights out’ as he said on his deathbed. I am sad—he was my confident and buddy! I will miss him with all my heart.
My father-in-law had been struggling with dementia for a few years and the last 2-3 months of his life were quite painful to watch. I believe he decided it was time.
But, as always, I look for the silver lining in life and there was some good that came out of 2016! My twins graduated from college and have each sustained good jobs, my middle guy started Physicians Assistant School and my daughter is starting a new job, providing her upward mobility.
With 2016 coming to a close, it has been a time for reflection for me and what my visions are for moving forward into 2017. I have decided to move on to a different venture, building company brands and creating more awareness for smaller and newer businesses across the board.
It has always been my goal to be your trusted resource – I have loved my mission during these past 6 years providing you with the most necessary information through print and digital platforms, as well as the babyboomer expos. I know it has truly benefited the genexers, baby boomers and well beyond!
It has been an honor to be your voice.